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Protect Your Important and Personal Data

Why to protect data?

These days most companies, large or small, store their data in computers and laptops. Maintaining paper files is not only cumbersome but also outdated. Some experienced computer users often take a backup of their important data to ensure that their data is safe in case of any untoward incident or unauthorized access. Storing confidential data on local network can cost your business a lot especially if it is accessed by an outsider or an unfaithful employee. Data security involves protecting the data by taking regular back-ups, providing restricted access and ensuring that an anti-virus program is in place.

How to protect important data?

1. Rename files: Rename the files and folders so that anyone who accesses it won’t get any clue as to what is contained inside just by reading the folder name. You can also move important file to deeper folders. One precaution that you must take here is to remember the location of the file because if you yourself forget where your files are, the whole purpose will be lost.

2. Encrypt files: Encryption is now becoming a popular way to protect data. Encryption transforms readable files into unreadable cipher and only after you provide a decryption key, you can access the data. You must always keep sensitive data encrypted to enhance security. Encryption also protects your files from Malware.

3. Disguise files: You can disguise files by changing its icon. This way no one will come to know what format it is or what is inside them. For example, you can disguise your important folder as Recycle Bin and the files as a picture.

4. Lock files: You can easily lock the files or folders by specifying a password. This way only you or anyone who knows the password will be able to access them.

5. Hide files: This is another smart move to protect confidential data getting into wrong hands. Hiding files is pretty easy. You can check the Help to know how it is done.

6. Put files in a encrypted virtual disk: Many software programs are available these days to help you create encrypted virtual disk where you can store all your sensitive data to avoid unauthorized access. You can easily dump all your important files and folders in this virtual disk. To an outsider, the encrypted virtual disk will appear only as something junk. You can also put the file in an encrypted dummy disk that needs a password to open it.

Pros & Cons of Different Methods of Data Protection

methods Protect local data Protect the data of removable medium(USB flash drive and CD) Speed of encrypting and decrypting Does the safe mode work? Does the protection of Dos mode work? if it is no copy? If it is no rename If it is no delete Estimate security of the whole
rename files support support Very high Yes No No No No Bad
Encrypt files support support Very low Yes Yes No No No Fine
disguise files support support High Yes Yes No No No Fine
Lock files support Not support Very high Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Very good
Hide files support Not support Very high Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Very good
Put files in a encrypted virtual disk support support Low Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Very good

What’s the best way to protect data?

This is a complicated question because every user has a different data security need. For example, some users have low security needs as their data is not highly sensitive whereas some users don’t mind buying an expensive data security software as they just cannot afford to lose the data. Let’s take a look at some common scenarios where a person would need data protection solution.

1) Free data protection software: The software for data protecting is mostly based on the principle of renaming files. It can not only protect local data but also store data in USB flash drive. You can choose it if you don’t have high data security needs.

2) Need to protect local data: You must use a software for locking files and folders, which based on the principle of protecting system for cored data. You can even hide data, to prevent unauthorized access and preventing modification, copying, and deletion of data. Such software programs can protect the data in a more secure way. One such program that is recommended is QIQI Folder Lock, which is safe, simple, useful, and costs only $24. You can download it right now.

3) Protect the data in USB: If USB is what you prefer, then you must choose a virtual disk software; actually software for encrypting data is also fine, but it takes long to encrypt and decrypt.

4) Protect the data on CD: If you want to save the data on a CD, a virtual disk software or software for encrypting is advisable. A virtual disk software helps in protecting data on CD and is convenient and safe. QIQI CD DVD Bit Locker (coming) is encrypted software for carving but has other specialty. It’s simple and useful when it’s being carved means being encrypted. And what’s most amazing is that it looks like an empty disk after carving is done. That’s why it offers high security.

In a word, you can choose the  appropriate software to protect your data according to the importance of the data and the way you like to  save the data. 

This is a guest post by Bob, he is a freelance writer and software developer at http://www.touchupsoft.com/. Want to write a guest post for us? Visit the Guest Post information page to know how you can write and submit your own post to us.

Username and Password for Chrome OS

If you have downloaded Chrome OS and are wondering what the username and password are, here is a quick hint. Chrome OS allows users to login to the OS using a Google Account.

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So in order to login to your account, just enter your username and password. The good thing about this is that you will be able to access Chrome OS using different IDs and no one else can access your applications or data.

Another thing to note is that Chrome OS stores everything in the cloud, which means that you no longer need to have huge hard drives. However, there is a very bad thing about Chrome OS, if you have no internet connection, you will be virtually locked out of your computer.

So it makes more sense to have Chrome OS on a dual boot or to run it on a virtual machine.

Please Note: For your own safety, create a new Google account, if you have downloaded a Chrome OS version using torrents.

Generate In-Depth Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report in Windows 7

Windows 7 contains dozens of hidden diagnostic utilities. In the past, we have shown you how to quickly access some of those utilities. Today, we will take a look at another hidden gem in Windows 7.

Powercfg.exe is a command line utility which allows users to control power settings. It has been present in Windows for a long time. However, in Windows 7 Powercfg.exe includes some additional features. One of them, is the ability to create neatly formatted Energy efficiency reports.

In order to generate this report, start the command prompt with Administrator privileges. The quickest way to do so, is to type cmd in the Start Menu and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

The command Prompt window should point to the \Windows\System32 directory. In order to build the Energy Efficiency report, you need to simply type the following command and press enter.

powercfg -energy -output C:\Power_Mg_Report.html

Here C:\Power_Mg_Report.html is the location, where the report will be saved. Feel free to use any other location.

Windows-7-Energy-Efficiency-Tool

Windows will inspect your system’s behaviour for about a minute and then generate the report. The report will indicate all potentially problematic settings and recommend steps to improve your system’s battery backup time.

App Garden: Hundreds Of Free Flickr Apps To Download

If you are big on Flickr, you must be using a number of Flickr apps to browse, search, upload and download photos from Flickr. All these apps are great but where do you go when you are looking for a new or special-purpose app? The answer is “The App Garden’.

App Garden is a free service by Flickr that indexes a collection of popular Flickr apps. These are all apps developed by Flickr members using the Flickr API and most of them are available for free. You can browse through the App Garden to find a desired app or search for it using tags.

Each app listing includes screen-shots and user comments. You cannot, however, download the app directly from the app garden. Rather, you would have to go to the application website to download it.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

App Garden is a much needed platform for Flickr apps that will help a user immensely in finding useful apps. The ability to download directly from the App Garden would have been a much appreciated feature, though.

Allmyapps:Install All Your Favorite Apps With A Single Click

Every time you buy a new computer or re-install an OS, you have to go through the time-consuming process of finding, downloading and installing all the applications that you need for your computer. No matter how fast you are, installing 10-20 applications one at a time is a real drag; unless, you know about Allmyapps.

Allmyapps is a simple application store for popular Windows and Linux apps that lets you create a list of your favorite apps and then install them all with a single click. No need to download and install them one at a time. Simple browse through the large collection of apps at Allmyapps.com and keep adding your desired software to your list.

Once you are done, just download the Allmyapps secure installer and click the install button at the bottom of your list to install all those apps on your hard drive.

Each application listing also includes the number of installs it has had and user reviews. If you want to go the traditional way, you can also install each app separately.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Allmyapps is a real time-saver when you have to install a number of apps. Adding them to a list is also helpful since it allows you to first identify all the apps you want and then install them with a single click. As the number of apps grow in the store, it should see increased popularity and usefulness among users.

Increase User Traffic By Embedding Flash Games On Your Website

If you experience a decent traffic on your website but struggle to retain them, one idea is to use flash games to engage users. It would obviously not work for a niche website but if you are a fun, community website that has a variety of content, adding flash games might help you significantly.

HeyZap is one of the websites that has over 12,000 flash-based games to attract more users. You can easily embed these games on your website by simply copy-pasting a line of code. You can even customize the widget and choose what type of games would be available to your users. In addition to increasing earnings as a result of traffic increase, HeyZap also lets you earn a 15% commission on all the in-game sales that happen through your website.

A handy analytic tool tells you how the games are doing and how much money you have earned. A flexible API also lets you customize the content for your flash games widget.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

HeyZap is a great resource for embedding thousands of flash games on your website. It is easy to use and can increase your website traffic significantly. The collection of games is also huge and provides an easy way to retain users.

Samsung GT i6330 Leaked Photos

Samsung GT i6330 Leaked Photos were recently found all over the web. This phone is yet not announced by Samsung. Samsung GT i6330 is a full touchscreen phone which is expected to release in China first, since it has the logo of China Mobile above its display.

Samsung GT i6330

The specification of this phone is yet not available, but in the leaked photo we can see that it has a secondary video-call camera, so it is been rumored that it will come with 3G feature. On the back we can see a 3.2 mega-pixel camera.

The price of this phone is still unknown. The complete specs of this phone is expected to come within few days.

[ via. Mobile Review ]

The Wares Dictionary

minimalist_monitor_and_computer You’ve seen people online throw around all kinds of names for different types of software. Some of the types are nearly obvious just by looking at the name. Most of you probably know what Adware is, but do you know what Crippleware is?

Read on if you’d like to see a few definitions that I’ve pulled from Wikipedia.

Abandonware is a term used to describe computer software that is no longer sold or supported, or whose copyright ownership may be unclear for various reasons.

Adware or advertising-supported software is any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertisements to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used.

Commercial software (payware) is computer software that is produced for sale or that serves commercial purposes. Commercial software is most often proprietary software, but most well known free software packages are commercial software, too.

Crippleware is any product whose functions have been limited (or “crippled”) with the sole purpose of requiring the user to pay for those functions (either paying a one-time fee or continually paying a service.

Demoware (also known as trialware) is commercial software released for free (shareware) in a version which is limited in one or more ways.

Donationware is a licensing model that supplies fully operational software to the user and requests a donation be paid to the programmer or a third-party beneficiary (usually a non-profit).

Freeware (from “free” and “software”) is computer software that is available for use at no cost or for an optional fee. The opposite of Freeware is Payware.

Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to infiltrate a computer without the owner’s informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.

Nagware (also known as begware, annoyware or a nagscreen) is a type of shareware that reminds (or nags) the user to register it by paying a fee. It usually does this by popping up a message when the user starts the program, or intermittently while the user is using the application.

Registerware refers to computer software which requires the user to give personal information, e.g an email address, through registration in order to download or use the program.

Otherware, sometimes called requestware, is a collective term referring to software that is not distributed as freeware, shareware or commercial software. Usually, otherware requests the user to do something other than paying to the software author; therefore, it may be considered a type of freeware

Shareware – The term shareware, popularized by Bob Wallace, refers to proprietary software that is provided to users without payment on a trial basis and is often limited by any combination of functionality, availability or convenience.

Spyware is a type of malware that is installed on computers and that collects information about users without their knowledge. The presence of spyware is typically hidden from the user. Typically, spyware is secretly installed on the user’s personal computer. Sometimes, however, spywares such as keyloggers are installed by the owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer on purpose in order to secretly monitor other users.

Warez” refers primarily to copyrighted works traded in violation of copyright law. The term generally refers to illegal releases by organized groups, as opposed to file sharing between friends or large groups of people with similar interest using a darknet.

Do you have any questions about software types? Do you have any ideas you’d like to share? Be sure to add a comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

Nokia 3G Booklet For $299.99 This Holiday Season

Nokia jumped into the booklet market during the Nokia world event and now Nokia has come up with a Holiday season offer on its 3G booklet in partnership with AT&T, Best Buy and Microsoft.

 nokia-fist-bump-netbook

Nokia 3G booklet primarily made for all-time connectivity will now be available for $299.99 only this holiday season. In the press release by Nokia it says:

"Nokia understands mobility like no other company and recognizes that the most ‘powerful’ device is the one that doesn’t have you running for the power plug or network point," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, president and CEO of Nokia. "By combining the Booklet’s sleek design, impressive features and competitive price together with the new Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft, AT&T’s nationwide 3G coverage and Best Buy’s unmatched national retail footprint, we believe we have a winning combination for U.S. consumers."
"Our alliance with Nokia is advancing on multiple fronts and the Nokia Booklet 3G is an important step," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We are excited with Nokia’s decision to launch its first PC with Windows 7. By combining the value and simplicity of the operating system with the all-day mobility of the Nokia Booklet 3G, we are bringing new and valuable experiences to consumers and businesses."

Best Buy associates will offer Walk Out Working on the Nokia Booklet 3G, as they do for all smartphones. The free service will help customers activate the device, walk through the Windows 7 operating system and make sure customers understand all of the extras including Ovi Suite, the Ovi Maps gadget, and features like Bluetooth connectivity.

The mini-laptop also comes with an HDMI port for HD video out, a front facing camera for video calling, integrated Bluetooth and an easily accessible SD card reader. Other premium features include the glass 10.1 inch HD-ready display, integrated A-GPS with Ovi Maps, and the latest version of Ovi Suite for effortless synching with a Nokia mobile device.

The Windows 7 operating system on it is an add on to the excitement. Check out specs and pics of Nokia 3G booklet.

So will you buy Nokia 3G booklet this season?

Find Out The Meanings Of Twitter Jargon With Twittonary

Expressing   your feelings in just 140 characters is indeed a difficult task that demands creativity!  So, tweeple (people who tweet) around the world have used their own phrases and words to express their feelings in a simple way.

Here is a tool that helps you  understand what all  those new  words mean! Twittonary, a Twitter dictionary, helps you find out the meanings of most of the Twitter words, phrases and abbreviations such as RT (Retweet), ROFL (Rolling On The Floor Laughing), Twoosh (A complete 140 character tweet) and so on.

It also shows you how to use new words by giving you example sentences.

twitter_dictionary

Some Twitter suggestions:

In addition to the above features I mentioned above, you can search the index of this dictionary in alphabetical order to know about new words and phrases used on twitter.

Happy Tweeting!! :)